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In 2014, the STEM Teaching Grants were renamed in honor of the AFCEA Educational Foundation's first Executive Director, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, USN (Ret.)

This program is a joint effort between individual AFCEA Chapters and the Educational Foundation to promote effective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teaching and to enhance the abilities of capable STEM teachers in elementary and high schools worldwide. The Grants are intended for an elementary or high school STEM teacher (or international equivalent) for the purpose of augmenting STEM activities for their students.  The Gravely Grants are made possible in part by generous gifts from Booz Allen Hamilton and AFCEA International.

CHAPTERS Gravely Grants:

The AFCEA Educational Foundation will provide $500 Gravely Grant intended to be matched by Chapter funds. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Contingent upon Chapters submitting reports detailing the previous year's funding, $500 Grant checks for the 2015-2016 academic year will be sent to participating chapters via AFCEA Regional Vice Presidents in late September for distribution to chapter presidents/treasurers.  [Wire transfer can be requested.]  Chapters MUST submit a report detailing grant awards in order to be considered for future grants.

Send us your photos!! Click HERE to submit pictures electronically.

Chapter Guidelines for Gravely STEM Teaching Tool Grant Selection (recommended by the AFCEA Educational Foundation.  Local Chapters have latitude to modify based on their needs.)  Please refer to these guidelines.

1. Individual AFCEA Chapters select one elementary or high school science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) teacher in the local community. Teachers working in schools which are poorly supported and/or with economically disadvantaged students are to be considered first. The awards are not limited to public schools. International chapters may select a STEM teacher from a DoDD school, or alternatively, the international equivalent of a U.S. middle/intermediate or high school. 

2. Selection should be based on the teacher's skills, his/her potential to use the funds well and financial need. The method of selection is at the discretion of the chapter.

3.  Requests for funding should be as user-friendly as possible.  It is suggested not to require detailed proposals, but request a statement to include the following:

* How the funds will be used, and

* Number of students impacted.

4. The AFCEA Educational Foundation will provide $500, pending adequate funding, per school year per participating Chapter, that is intended to be matched by Chapter funds. Chapters are encouraged to provide additional money should their local means allow and multiply the number of awards. Chapters are encouraged to make a substantial impact in one location rather than a wide dispersion of funds.

5. Grants will be funded the end of September each year for the current school year. The funds should be presented by a chapter representative directly to the selected teacher(s) sometime during the school year, preferably in the fall, and then spent by the teacher(s) for such items or activities as consumable supplies, hardware, software, SMART boards, projectors or other equipment with a STEM focus.  Grants can also be used to fund extra-curricular activities sponsored by STEM teachers such as robotics clubs, math clubs, and FIRST competitions.  Except in unusual circumstances, the award should not be renewable to the same teacher or school.

6. To confirm continued participation in the program, each chapter MUST submit a report to the Educational Foundation by Monday, September 1st. 

  • Name of the selected STEM teacher(s) and grade level(s)
  • Name of the school(s)
  • Amount of matching Chapter funds contributed
  • How the money has been spent
  • Evaluation of impact (approximate # of students involved)
  • Chapter contact's name, phone and email
  • Confirmation of chapter's intent to continue participation
  • Photos, if available, to be featured on our website and in AFCEA publications

    Click HERE to submit report. 






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